Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors
Staples Center, Downtown Los Angeles
Inspiration: Baron Davis gives us VIP seats at the LA Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors game.
Watching basketball on Sunday Funday -it doesn’t get much better than that….until you sit in Baron Davis’ seats front row!
When Kate called me to go to the game with her, I immediately said yes and changed all Sunday plans. I may not be a huge Clippers fan, but I am a big Baron fan and there’s nothing like going to an NBA game!
Part of my Sunday plan had been to finish reading Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project and so I decided to seek inspiration for my own happiness on this trip to the Staples Center.
Kate was numero uno on my Sunday Happiness Project. The first chapter of THP is BOOST ENERGY. Kate is a ball of energy and it’s contagious. Within minutes of walking into the stadium, Kate was hugging and helloing everyone from player’s wives to security. She was like the adventure tourguide taking me through the underground of the NBA. When we made it to our seats on the floor Kate sat like a true fan, business partner, but mostly supportive friend. She cheered for Baron, yelled at the refs and sometimes even scolded his teammates. I fed off of Kate’s energy and it added happy to mine!
Numero dos was Baron himself. Baron is magnetic. I tried to watch the team but my eyes constantly moved to him. He was a leader on and off the court. Baron made me want to AIM HIGHER ,Chp 3 in THP – just like he did whether it was towards a basetball net or achieving more in life. “Happiness is a critical factor for work, and work is a critical factor for happiness.”
You could see and feel that Baron enjoyed himself on the court but was also very serious about the game. I think a big test of happiness is losing. For a pro athlete the effects of losing are enhanced because of press and fans. Baron’s attitude after their loss was disappointment-had to be- but he still had a smile under that beard! Maybe he used the “fake it till you feel it!” I don’t know what it was but I know I am now a Baron Davis fan for life.
Realization: Since he’s my new happiness idol, I thought I’d share some inspiring Baron quotes
“But you live and you learn and that’s the whole thing,”
“My personal expectation is that I definitely want to finish as the best point guard in the NBA, and that translates into us winning, … If I’m the best point guard in the NBA, it means that we’re winning and we’re a playoff contending team. It’s just motivation for me to know that a lot of people have me low on the totem pole right now. I’m just trying to prove them wrong.”
Check out Baron’s site here!